All About Justice Indu Malhotra, Who Dissented In Sabarimala Verdict

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However, Justice Indu Malhotra, the lone woman on the bench stated that it wasn't for the courts to decide which religious practices should be done away with.

The main opinion shared by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said, "One side we pray to goddesses; on the other, women of a certain age are considered "impure".

Advocate Indira Jaising, who was representing the petitioners, had said the restrictions went against Articles 14 (equality before law), 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth) and 17 (abolition of untouchability) of the Indian Constitution. Previously, menstruating women between the ages 10 and 50 were barred from entering the temple since it was believed that they might pollute the sanctity of the shrine.

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Kandaru Rajeevaru, the head priest of Sabarimala, said: "We are disappointed but accept the Supreme Court verdict on women entry". Courts directed authorities of the Hindu temple Shani Shingapur and the Muslim Haji Ali shrine, both in the western state of Maharashtra, to allow women inside.

Based on the affidavit filed by the Thanthri, Justice Nariman noted that two reasons were given in support of ban of entry of women between the age of 10 and 50 - that women can not perform 41 days of vratham due to physiological factors, and presence of women will affect the celibacy of deity. Yes, there is a question that has to be answered today by the apex court that whether the women aged between 10 and 50 should be allowed to enter Kerala's famous Sabarimala temple, located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Pathanamthitta district.

Devotees of lord Ayyappa do not form separate religious denominations, Justice Chandrachud said and added that any custom or religious practice if violates dignity of women by denying them entry due to her physiology is unconstitutional. It will have far reaching implications for other places of worships. "Relationship with God can't be defined by biological or physiological factors".

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Justice Rohington Fali Nariman said, "Women are equally entitled to the right to practice religion". This is placing the burden of a men's celibacy on women. The exclusionary practice given the backing of a legislation is not an integral part of religion, ' the CJI added.

Karnataka Women and Child Development Minister Jayamala Friday termed as "historic" the Supreme Court verdict on entry of women into the Lord Ayyappa Temple and said women have now got justice. The petition also alleged violation of Article 25 - which provides the right to practice and propagate religion. India is a diverse country.

A decade earlier, Ms Malhotra was the second woman lawyer to be appointed as senior advocate by the Supreme Court, three decades after the first, Justice Leila Seth, was designated. Some cite the reason of hygiene as the tradition of Pilgrim dates back when there were less resource with women to keep hygiene during menstrual period.

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